Can Allergies Cause Sleep Apnea?
Allergies can affect your sleep and are even associated with sleep apnea. So why is this? When you sleep at night, most people breathe mostly through their nose, but allergies can cause swelling and irritation of the nose that limits the amount of airflow through the nose. And that leads to you, opening your mouth and breathing through your mouth, which can dry out your mouth.
Sleep Disorders and Allergy Symptoms
It can cause you to wake up and overall it can lead to poor quality sleep. So, this has been shown in a 2017 study in the journal of clinical sleep, where they saw that 30% of their patients with obstructive sleep apnea also had allergies. So we know there's an association and fixing one can certainly improve the other.
How To Sleep Better With Allergies
There are a number of methods you can use to try to sleep better with allergies. One method is to decrease the amount of allergens in your bedroom by keeping your window closed, washing your bedding regularly, or keeping pets out of your room. You can also try over-the-counter antihistamines to try to decrease your allergy symptoms for short-term relief. If these methods don’t work for you, you might want to try immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is the only clinically-proven method of getting rid of your allergies for long-term relief.
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